MARIN GREEN PARTY 2016 Endorsements


Recommendations for November 8, 2016 Elections:





coffino-sign-tinyMARIN GREENS RECOMMEND MIKE COFFINO FOR MARIN SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE. – Mike Coffino, a deputy public defender for the County of Marin since 2003, is a lifelong outdoorsman and environmentalist. In recent years he has spent vacations volunteering on organic goat, sheep and vegetable farms in California, Montana, France and Italy. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1994 with a joint degree in law and philosophy, Mike returned to California by bicycle and lived for many years in Point Reyes station, often bike commuting to work at the Marin Civic Center. Mike helped build Table Top Farm in Point Reyes and is a member of MALT, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Marin Conservation League, and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Mike’s wife Kathleen is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer who taught soil conservation and improvement in Honduras. They have backpacked extensively in Peru, Chile and the Sierras and believe strongly in the importance of environmental preservation.


Recommendation for Marin Measure A:


MEASURE A: To support the health, education and safety of underserved children with approximately $12,000,000 in annual local funding the State cannot take away, shall County of Marin expand access to quality preschool education; provide healthcare including early screenings, vision, dental and behavioral/mental health services; expand afterschool/summer learning programs promoting reading/writing/math achievement; and provide affordable childcare for infants, toddlers and young children by enacting a 1/4% sales tax for 9 years with independent oversight/audits?

A “yes” vote will support the imposition of a one-quarter of one percent transactions and use tax.  Marin Greens have some reservations about the regressive nature of the tax, which will disproportionately impact poorer families.  However, Marin Greens are recommending a “yes” vote because of the benefits Measure A promises: improved access to quality preschool education, expanded after-school and summer learning programs, more affordable child care for infants, toddlers and young children, and expanded access to comprehensive health care services for all children.


Recommendations for California Propositions:

Prop 51: California Public School Facility Bonds Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote opposes the state issuing $9 billion in new debt to fund the improvement and construction of education facilities.

Prop. Fifty-One will

Be a boon to construction

Industry, not schools. 


Prop 52: Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fee Revenue Dedicated to Medi-Cal – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports requiring voter approval to change the dedicated use of certain fees from hospitals used to draw matching federal money and fund Medi-Cal services. The initiative was also designed to require a two-thirds majority vote of the California Legislature to end the hospital fee program.

Hospital fees must

Be used to fund kids’ health and

Uninsured patients.


Prop 53: California Voter Approval Requirement for Revenue Bonds above $2 Billion Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote will be a vote against the voter approval requirement and in favor of continuing to allow the state to issue new debt without voter approval.

This Proposition’s

Too vague, and restricts upgrades

To infrastructure.


Prop 54: Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote Proposition – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote will be a vote in favor of prohibiting the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote.

Posting bills three days

Before bills become laws seems

Like a great idea.


Prop 55: The California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports extending the personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 approved in 2012 for 12 years in order to fund education and healthcare.

Taxes the rich to

Provide funds for colleges,

Schools and poor kids’ health.



The question posed to voters by this Proposition is whether to increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.  A “yes” vote supports the increase and a “no” vote opposes it.

Anti-smoking and

Anti-taxing-the-poor means

We don’t take a stance.


Prop 57: California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.

Prop. Fifty-Seven

Requires fitness hearings

Before minors tried.


Prop 58: California Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education Act – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of repealing most of the 1998 Proposition 227, the “English in Public Schools” Initiative, thus effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.

This proposition

Restores flexibility

For bi-lingual ed.


Prop 59: The California Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports this measure encouraging the state’s elected officials to use their authority to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, potentially through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Supreme Court may not

Care what we think, but you should

Tell them anyway.


Prop 60:  The Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote would be a vote in favor of requiring the use of condoms and other protective measures during the filming of pornographic films, as well as requiring pornography producers to pay for certain health requirements and checkups.

Reduces spread of

AIDS and other STDs,

So, what’s not to love?


Prop 61: The Drug Price Standards Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports regulating drug prices by requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for prescription drugs.

This Proposition

Threatens big Pharma’s profits –

No more gouging State.


Prop 62: Repeal of the Death Penalty Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports repealing the death penalty and making life without the possibility of parole the maximum punishment for murder.

Other issues will

Need fixing, but still good to

Stop executions.


Prop 63: Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Initiative – MARIN GREENS HAVE NO RECOMMENDATION ON THIS PROPOSITION.

A “yes” vote supports prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring certain individuals to pass a background check in order to purchase ammunition, while a “no” vote opposes this proposal.

We tend to like these

Types of restrictions, but here,

Retired cops exempt.


Prop 64: The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports legalizing recreational marijuana and hemp under state law and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.

For the few who have

Not gotten a ‘scrip — reward?



Prop 65: The Dedication of Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Wildlife Conservation Fund Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote is a vote against redirecting money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by grocery or other retail stores to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

Disguised as “green” prop.,

This takes grocers’ profits for

Reusable bags.


Prop 66: The Death Penalty Procedures Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote opposes changing the procedures governing state court appeals and petitions that challenge death penalty convictions and sentences, and would keep the current system for governing death penalty appeals and petitions.

Restricting appeals

Those on death row can make, tells

State, “Kill more quickly.”


Prop 67: California Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of upholding the contested legislation banning plastic bags that was enacted by the California State Legislature under the name Senate Bill 270.

Plastics Industry

Can’t fool Californians –

Ban plastic bags now!


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Recommendations were agreed to by the Marin Greens at their County Council Meeting in Tam Junction, California on September 25, 2016.

Ballot Measures Endorsement Meeting

Join us on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11am – 1pm. We will discuss and decided our positions on all of the statewide and county ballot measures on the November ballot. We will meet at the Good Earth, 201 Flamingo Road in Mill Valley.

County Council Elections Meeting

Marin Greens County Council Meting
June 26, 2016 10am-1130am
Johnny Doughnuts, 1617 Fourth St, San Rafael, CA
Attending: Mimi Newton, Marnie Glickman, Jim Geraghty, Zhenya Spake, Dalila, Steve Lam, Tamela Fish, David Curtis and 4 children!
1. Election of Marin Greens County Council (June 2016-June 2018)
County council members elected by consensus: Mimi Newton (Co-Chair), Barbara Bogard (Co-Chair), Marnie Glickman (Secretary), Jim Geraghty.
Notes: David Curtis raised the concern that we need gender parity and racial diversity.
2. Election of two liaisons to Marin County Registrar (June 2016-June 2018)
Liaisons elected by consensus: Barbara Bogard and Jim Geraghty
Reminder from your secretary >> Send these minutes to Dan Miller, our liaison to Marin County Registrar
3. Election of Marin Greens Treasurer (June 2016-June 2018)
David Curtis elected by consensus
4. Election of Green Party of California Standing General Assembly Representatives (June 2016-June 2018)
Mimi Newton, Barbara Bogard and Marnie Glickman elected by consensus.
5. Formation of Communications Group
Members identified by consensus: Jim Geraghty, Steve Lam, Mimi Newton, Marnie Glickman
6. Discussion about actions we can take before the November election
Zhenya: Brought anti-Hillary flyer, suggested we plan to participate in July 4 2017 celebrations, wants to help with street actions. Supportive of a flyer comparing Green and Democratic positions.
Jim: Wants to take Marin Greens local positions. Two most important issues in Marin are traffic and housing. Figure out if there is a way we collaborate with Dominican University about voter registration and mobilization.
Marnie: Suggests we identify Greens running in the November elections.
Mimi: Grow the party through registration. Important to re-register Green elected officials and all Greens who left the party to vote for Bernie.
Tamela: Suggests we find young people to voter reg at local colleges.
7. Action Items Before November Election
Mimi: Identify Greens running in November 2016 election
Jim: Contact Paul DaSilva re College of Marin.
Marnie: Identify local election events where we could send a Marin Greens representative.
Zhenya and Dalila: Street activism
8. Brainstorm re voter registration messaging.
Vote your conscience
Try a new clean Green Party
Abandon the Dems, they are corrupt
Want to change the Dems? Register Green
Compare and contrast Greens/Bernie (positive piece)
9. Discussion about upcoming GPCA votres
Review delegate election to presidential nomination convention in Houston
Review CC elections
Review state party election procedures. Consensus that we support open ballots.
Review length of membership requirements. We oppose 3 month requirement. County council will review and modify county bylaws at our next county council meeting in August.
Review platform positions. Mimi recommends supporting changes. No opposition.
10. Next events
Dem National Convention is July 25-28.
Saturday August 6: Organize Marin Green Party grassroots and street actions including voter reg.
Sunday August 7 at 10am: Next Marin Green Party County Council meeting. Location TBA.
August 24, 350 Marin event about Climate Change and Diet.
11. Next meeting
Sunday August 20 at 11am at Good Earth in Fairfax.

Marin Greens Rally To Stop Climate Change

Thanks to all of the Marin Greens who attended the Forward On Climate/No KXL Pipeline Rally on February 17th in San Francisco. We had a great time and enjoyed the ferry ride.


Marin Greens endorse Feb 17th climate rally

Join us in San Francisco on February 17th to rally and march in solidarity with the huge Forward on Climate demonstration in Washington DC.

Please download our new flyer for the rally.

Marin Greens, over 50 organizations and thousands of citizens will encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza.

We demand that the Department reject Keystone XL permit. 

The way forward on climate is clear: President Obama must start cutting carbon from today’s biggest polluters—power plants—and stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to avoid adding more carbon pollution tomorrow.

President Obama understands the severity of the climate crisis and can lead the world to solve it, but he needs to hear from his constituents that this is a priority.

Marin Water District Director Opening

Vacancy on MMWD
Board of Directors
Application Period: Oct. 31 – Nov. 13, 2012

REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must live in MMWD’s Division III, which includes San
Geronimo Valley, incorporated Fairfax plus unincorporated Fairfax
neighborhoods, a portion of San Anselmo not including North West area, Ross,
Greenbrae, Kentfield, Kent Woodlands, and a portion of Larkspur North of Corte
Madera Creek and West of Highway 101, a portion of Larkspur South of
Corte Madera Creek and West of Bon Air Road and West of Skylark
Road, Watershed land lying North of Fairfax-Bolinas Road or contiguous with
towns in Division III and up to the Division IV boundary. See map on back.
Prospective candidates must confirm residency requirements and voter
registration requirements with the Marin County Elections Office.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Board of Directors sets the policies for the activities and
affairs of MMWD. Board members are expected to attend all regular board
meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM, and
additional meetings scheduled as needed. Board members also serve on
committees with regularly scheduled meetings. Applicants should anticipate
spending eight hours per week fulfilling board member commitments.

PROCESS: Applications are available online at and from the
District Secretary at the district office at 220 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera. If you
have questions, contact Stephanie Eichner-Gross at 945-1448. Candidate
interviews with current board members will be scheduled December 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, or 11, 2012 in the MMWD Board Room. The Board of Directors plans to
appoint the selected candidate at a board meeting in December 2012.

FILING DEADLINE: A signed hard copy of the completed application must be
physically received by the Board Secretary by 4:30 PM, Tuesday, November
13, 2012. at the Board Secretary’s Office, MMWD, 220 Nellen Avenue, Corte
Madera, CA 94925. The District is not accepting emailed applications.
TERM OF OFFICE: The appointment will be effective until Dec. 31, 2014.The
Division III seat will be on the November 2014 ballot.

Open the Presidential Debates

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All presidential candidates who have qualified for placement on enough state ballots to win the Electoral College and the Presidency of the U.S. must be included in the presidential debates.

Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Jim Gray, along with Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, have qualified for enough state ballots and are receiving taxpayer dollars in the form of FEC matching funds. American taxpayers and voters have a clear interest in having their ideas, positions, and voices included in the major presidential and vice presidential debates.

Who are the Greens? Why are we running a strong presidential campaign?

By Marnie Glickman, co-chair of the Marin Greens, former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States

I’m voting for Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President of the United States.

Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, physician, teacher and pioneering environmental health advocate.  She graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

Jill worked in Massachusetts on improving her state’s health policies and witnessed the ability of big money to stop good, progressive laws.

She entered Green electoral politics to create a clean election law in the state.

Jill twice ran for Governor of Massachusetts and even debated Mitt Romney on television.

She is running for President to talk about another way, a Green way, to govern our country. I am proud of her activism and helped persuade her to run for President.

Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate, has been a leading advocate for the homeless for 25 years.

Cheri co-founded the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.  She’s led marches, conducted demonstrations and set up tent cities.

Cheri ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011. She is the first and only Sheriff candidate nationwide who pledged to stop home foreclosures by the big banks.

Cheri entered politics after she and her son became homeless after the car they had been living in was demolished by a drunk driver.

Cheri and Jill are campaigning across the country in solidarity with the Occupy movement, debt forgiveness movement and the union movement.  Today, they were on the streets at the Occupy Wall Street 1st anniversary in New York City.  Last week, Jill marched with striking teachers in Chicago.

Let me now introduce you to the Greens.

Greens believe that we are in the middle of two catastrophic crises that require immediate political action and non-violent civil disobedience.

Greens believe that climate change is the defining crisis of our generation.  Nearly 200 species are going extinct every day.  80% of US farmland is now in drought.  Extreme weather is increasing food prices and decreasing water supplies.  Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, not decreasing.

Greens want to end the economic crisis in the United States. Nearly one in two Americans live in or near poverty. 25% of US children under 5 live in poverty, 42.7 % of black children and 36% of Latino children.

We are Greens, and not members of other political parties, because Greens have a unique approach to politics.

Greens are not satisfied with tinkering around the edges of our problems.

Greens believe we must have a political transformation in the United States.

Greens know that all of our problems are interconnected and the solutions must be interconnected too.

We share the Greens ten key values that are in our party’s platform:

  1. Ecological wisdom
  2. Grassroots democracy
  3. Decentralization
  4. Social justice
  5. Economic justice
  6. Non-violence
  7. Feminism
  8. Respect for diversity
  9. Personal and global responsibility
  10. Future focus

Greens are campaigning for a Green New Deal, an emergency program, to stop both the climate change crisis and the economic crisis.

We think it’s much better than the policies advocated by the Democratic and Republican Parties.

The Green New Deal is based on the New Deal that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The Green New Deal can create 25 million durable, green, living wage jobs.

The Green New Deal reduces our military budget by at least 50%.

Greens support amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech.

Greens will replace big money control of elections with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves.

We will shift to an economy in which more than 80% of our electricity is generated renewably.

We will act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 95% by 2050.

We will end government subsidies and tax breaks for the fossil fuel, fracking, and nuclear industries.

Greens wage the politics of courage.

Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, “There is nothing wrong with a traffic law which says you have to stop for a redlight. But when a fire is raging, the fire truck goes through that red light, and normal traffic had better get out of its way. Or when a man is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed. There is a fire raging…for the poor of this society. Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved.”

Greens believe a fire is raging in the United States.

We register Green, vote Green and run as Green candidates because we need a brigade of ambulance drivers now in our country.

If we want to end the emergency, halt climate change and stop the crisis of poverty, we must choose non-violent civil disobedience.

Greens believe that the acts of registering Green, voting Green, and running Green are forms of non-violent disobedience.

Please join us.

Please endorse Jill Stein for President.

Register Green Party.

Vote Green Party.

Run Green Party.

Help us open the presidential debates to all presidential

candidates on the ballot.

Vote Jill Stein for President.

Stein and Honkala arrested in protest of foreclosure giant Fannie Mae

(PHILADELPHIA) Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested today during a protest at the offices of mortgage company Fannie Mae on Banker’s Row in Philadelphia.

Among those arrested along with Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala were labor lawyer James Moran and Sister Margaret McKenna of the Medical Mission Sisters. An attorney who supports civil disobedience cases is providing legal assistance. All of those arrested are expected to come before a judge on Thursday afternoon. At that time bail will either be set or they will be released on their own recognizance.

The protest was originally called for by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign to demand that the giant mortgage company halt foreclosure proceedings against two Philadelphia residents in danger of losing their homes. Stein joined the protest after Cheri Honkala joined her as Stein’s vice presidential running mate. Honkala, a former homeless single mother, has been confronting banks and mortgage companies for decades demanding that they adopt policies that will, “keep families in their homes.”

At 1pm today about 50 protestors gathered outside of Fannie Mae’s Philadelphia headquarters. They heard from Miss Fran and Rhonda Lancaster, the heads of two families evicted by Fannie Mae in its refusal to negotiate an alternative to foreclosure. Fannie Mae executive Zach Oppenheimer had previously promised in writing to meet with the two women in order to discuss other options. Yet no followup meeting ever took place, and so protestors today entered the Fannie Mae building and vowed to stay until Mr. Oppenheimer’s word was honored.

At about 2:30pm, an hour after entering the building and beginning a sitdown protest, lower level Fannie Mae officials agreed to meet with Miss Fran and Ms. Lancaster. These meetings proved inconclusive, ending only with promises of more meetings. With Philadelphia police on hand with six paddy wagons and plainclothesman, a smaller subset of protestors stayed inside the building and risked arrest. Five were arrested, including Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala.


Meet Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate